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Israel Destroys Home of Palestinian Suspect in Murder of Israelis

Israel on Tuesday destroyed the West Bank home of a Palestinian accused of aiding in the October 2015 murder of a Jewish settler couple in the Israeli-occupied territory.

Palestinian Zeid Amr, aged 26 or 27, is accused of being part of a squad from the militant Hamas movement that ambushed and shot dead Naama and Eitam Henkin in front of their young children as the couple drove on a road between two West Bank settlements.

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Israel Renews Opposition to French Peace Initiative

Israel on Thursday reiterated its opposition to a planned French peace conference, calling instead for direct and unconditional negotiations with the Palestinians.

"The best way to resolve the conflict between Israel and the Palestinians is direct, bilateral negotiations," Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's office said in a statement.

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Israel Holding Palestinian Journalist as 'Terror' Suspect

Israel's Shin Bet security service on Monday accused a Palestinian journalist arrested at the weekend of belonging to a "terror group" after colleagues called for international support for his release.

Omar Nazzal, a member of the general secretariat of the Palestinian Journalists Syndicate (PJS), was detained by Israeli officials on Saturday at the border between the occupied West Bank and Jordan.

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Israel Charges 7 over 'Price Tag' Attacks on Palestinians

Israeli prosecutors on Monday charged seven young Jews in connection with a wave of so-called "price tag" attacks targeting Palestinians and Arab Israelis and their property, the justice ministry said.

The seven, including a soldier and two minors, allegedly carried out a series of attacks between 2009 and 2013 and in the second half of 2015.

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Israeli Fighters Scramble to Intercept Undeclared Airliner

Israel scrambled fighter planes Saturday to intercept an unidentified passenger aircraft entering its airspace and escorted it to land at Tel Aviv, the Israeli military told AFP.

Israeli media reported that the aircraft turned out to be an Air Sinai flight from Cairo to Tel Aviv's Ben Gurion airport.

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Netanyahu Meets Putin, Fears Weapons from Iran Falling in Hizbullah Hands

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu met Russian President Vladimir Putin in Moscow Thursday over fears the Kremlin's involvement in Syria and weapons deliveries to Iran could bolster the Jewish state's fiercest opponents.

"Israel has obvious and evident red lines connected to our security," Netanyahu told Putin at the start of the meeting.

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Arab League Chief Calls for Special Court to try Israel

Arab League chief Nabil al-Arabi called Thursday for a special criminal court to be set up for Israel, at a meeting to condemn an announcement that it will never return the Golan Heights.

Delegates to the 22-member Arab bloc based in Cairo are expected to pass a resolution denouncing Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's pledge Sunday that the occupied Golan Heights would remain Israeli "forever".

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Hamas Says Member behind Jerusalem Bus Bombing

The Islamist movement Hamas on Thursday praised a young Palestinian it says was a member who carried out a Jerusalem bus bombing earlier this week that wounded 20 people.

The 19-year-old died on Wednesday, two days after an explosive device blew up on a bus in southern Jerusalem and sparked a fire.

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Israeli Intel Cooperation with Egypt at 'Unprecedented' Level

Israel has seen "unprecedented" intelligence cooperation with Egypt and Jordan as the countries' fight against the Islamic State group nudge them to work together more closely, Israel's deputy military chief said Wednesday.

Major General Yair Golan said "there is a strong feeling in the region... that we have to put aside past animosities and concentrate on mutual interests and working together" to deal with the jihadist threat.

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Israel Probes Bus Bombing, Boosts Security for Jewish Holiday

Israeli authorities on Tuesday were investigating a Jerusalem bus bombing that wounded 21 people and raised fears of a sharp escalation in violence, while police planned tightened security for the Jewish Passover holiday.

The bomb tore through a bus in a relatively isolated area of southern Jerusalem on Monday night, with the fire spreading to a second bus.

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